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Wah Wah Wah…

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 10:47
I had a gig with my classic rock cover band yesterday. On a whim, I decided to use my big board so I could use my Vox Big Bad Wah. I got this a few years ago and hadn’t really used it all that much, even though I love playing with a wah. But with […]
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This Old Man Will KICK YOUR ASS!!!

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 21:58
No lead-in. Just watch… What technique! Those descending scales reminded me of a clean version of Yngwie Malmsteen. The dude shredded those scales! And NO distortion! All I know is that I’m determined to be playing proficiently past 80. Les Paul played up until he died at 95, and his right elbow was locked into […]
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Inspiration for the Day

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 08:59
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” ~ Jack London I was watching a documentary on the great Raiders quarterback, Ken “Snake” Stabler. In one segment, the narrator mentioned that Stabler was well-read, and an […]
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Pedals You Never Get Tired Of…

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 07:51
For me, it’s overdrive pedals. Transparent, amp-in-a-box, tone-coloring, you name it, I love it. To me, overdrive pedals are a lot like guitars. They all have their own unique sounds. And like guitars, when your wife or significant other asks you how many overdrive pedals do you need, for me, the answer is always: Just one […]
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Greenchild G777 Overdrive

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 17:04
No, sorry folks, but this isn’t a review of the pedal. However, it does seem promising. Not just a regular overdrive that’s patterned off the TubeScreamer or Klon, but something with an entirely different voice. On top of that, it has two independent overdrive channels that can be run in parallel or stacked and it […]
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Is There a Viable Alternative to Rosewood?

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 11:57
Before I share my own thoughts, I’d like to share an email I got this morning from MusicTrades.com. It’s a trade rag magazine that puts out email digests. I normally ignore them, but the title of the article caught my eye, and I thought I’d pass it along after I read it. Here it is […]
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Happy 10th Anniversary to GuitarGear.org

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 09:58
Wow! Ten years! It is hard to believe that GuitarGear.org has been around that long! What’s even more amazing is that despite having had lapses in posting, I’m actually still adding content after all this time. I thought about what I might write for this momentous occasion and played around with several ideas but in the […]
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Fighting with it… Working for It…

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:29
I’ve sung the praises of my 1958 Fender Champ in the past, and as I use it regularly, my opinion of the amp hasn’t changed. The Champ has been on several recordings of famous artists through the years, and it’s no small wonder why: With a Champ, it really is WYSIWYG as far as sound […]
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Gear: Markers Along a Journey

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:02
Besides music and golf, another passion I have – though nowhere near the level of the former – is wine. I’m not a collector, but I keep a modest amount of great bottles in my small wine cooler. But apart from the wine itself, I love keeping up to date with what’s going on in […]
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I’ll Be Damned… James Taylor’s Tuning Works!

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:11
A couple of days ago, I wrote an article about how James Taylor tunes his guitars, utilizing the “cents” on the tuner to compensate for the shape of an acoustic guitar, and how the bass notes ring sharper than their tuning, and also to compensate for a capo pulling the strings sharp. Here’s the video […]
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The More I See This Guy…

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:25
…the more I appreciate his virtuosity with the guitar. “This guy” happens to be Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, and he’s absolutely amazing. If you’re familiar with Rebelution, you know that they’re a reggae band out of Isla Vista, CA. And you might think, “It’s reggae – all um-chuck, um-chuck. How hard could it be?” Admittedly, […]
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To Attenuate Or Not To Attenuate?

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:13
For me, an attenuator was a key component in my live signal chain for many years. As I was playing live mostly in a church setting, in order to get my amp to “growl” levels, I had no other choice but to use output attenuation to control my volume. And for this, I used several […]
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James Taylor: Making “Cents” Out of Tuning

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 15:28
If you go to a gear board like The Gear Page and search on tuners, you’ll see a lot of talk about a tuner’s “cents.” A “cent” is hundredth of a 1/2 note. People like to talk about “cents” to compare the accuracy of the tuners that they use. In general, if a tuner is […]
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The Lowly Capo: A TOOL of the Trade

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:31
Repeat after me: A Capo is just a tool… A Capo is just a tool… Over the years, a few people have approached me personally or online and have said that they considered a capo to be a “cheater,” simultaneously proffering a backhanded insult at the same time. The first time it happened, I laughed […]
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Where Do I Put My Volume Pedal?

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:36
I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked that question over the years, and my answer is pretty much the same: “It depends…” No, I’m not trying to be a dick, but it really does depend on what you’re after with your volume pedal. The reason I’m bringing this up is because of a […]
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Gig Report: TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 11:30
Yesterday, I wrote an article about how my beloved Hardwire RV-7 Reverb had finally gone on the fritz, and I was going to try out the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, which I’ve had now for a few years, but hadn’t put on my pedal board. This wasn’t because I didn’t think it was […]
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That Feeling You Get When Gear Breaks Down…

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:00
That feeling is a mixture of sadness and sickness. After many years, and literally, thousands of gigs, my trusty Hardwire RV-7 Reverb finally stopped working. I remember that before I got this pedal, I went through several reverbs before I finally found one that inspired me, and that was the RV-7. Built in partnership with […]
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Roland JC 40 or Fender Ultra Chorus

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:03
You know what the best thing about guitar gear is? There's lots of it! You know what's the worst thing about guitar gear? There's lots of it!
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Sheesh! Stop Complaining! Nothing Is Perfect!

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:11
I was looking for user reviews of the DigiTech Trio+ so I could get a feel for what I’ll need to adjust in my rig to accommodate this pedal once I get it. To me, as a songwriter, playing a riff then “teaching” a pedal the riff, then having both drums and bass “automagically” layered on […]
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Gear I Want To Get

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 09:54
I've been writing a couple of articles in parallel and one was kind of negative, and a bit of a rant, and I didn't want to start the new year out on a negative note. And what better way to start the new year out but to talk about gear! And in this case, gear that I would love to get...
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